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News Story
11/20/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
U.S. and European antitrust regulators are poised to crack down on the dominant search company. What changes to Google search might the cases trigger? Tim Carter was blindsided when his home-improvement site AsktheBuilder.com fell out of favor with Google's search algorithm about 21 months ago. His daily ad revenue from Google AdSense crashed...
Blog Post
11/19/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
A federal judge's ruling late Friday in a key privacy case demonstrates the need to implement tough "Do Not Track" rules and to take decisive action on the antitrust front against Google. Judge Susan Illston approved the Federal Trade Commission's $22.5 million settlement with the Internet giant for hacking past privacy settings...
News Story
11/19/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Summary: A US judge has rebuffed efforts by California-based Consumer Watchdog to derail Google's settlement with the FTC regarding the bypassing of Safari privacy settings.. The group wanted a harsher penalty, and is now urging a full FTC suit over Google's search practices. A US judge has spurned a consumer rights group's call for...
News Story
11/19/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
A federal judge has approved a $22.5-million fine against Google despite calls from a consumer advocacy group for a stiffer penalty. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston issued the ruling late Friday, a few hours after a hearing arguments. The fine was part of a deal Google reached with the Federal Trade Commission three months ago to settle...
News Story
11/19/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
A federal judge on Friday approved a legal settlement in which Google (GOOG) agreed to pay a record fine of $22.5 million to resolve federal allegations of privacy violations, despite objections from a consumer group that argues the penalty is too weak. Hours after holding a brief hearing in San Francisco's federal court, U.S. District Judge...
News Story
11/16/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
A proposed $22.5 million fine to penalize Google for an alleged privacy breach is on the verge of winning court approval, despite a consumer rights group's cry for tougher punishment. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston told lawyers during a Friday court hearing in San Francisco that she is likely to approve the fine, which is the cornerstone...
News Story
11/16/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
A federal judge said she may approve Google Inc.’s $22.5 million agreement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over claims the company improperly planted cookies on Apple (AAPL) Inc.’s Safari Internet browser. Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog opposes the accord, saying it lets Google off too easily and suggests that a separate...
News Release
11/15/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged the Federal Trade Commission to file an antitrust suit against Google and proceed to trial in U.S. District Court. The group said the FTC should break up the company and force it to divest its Motorola Mobility subsidiary. In a letter to the five FTC commissioners, the nonpartisan, nonprofit...
Blog Post
11/12/2012
Posted by John M. Simpson
Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz has given Google what Bloomberg News Service describes as an ultimatum to settle the agency's antitrust investigation in the next few days or face a lawsuit. Citing unidentified sources, Bloomberg reporter Sara Forden on Monday wrote: "Google has been in discussions with the agency for about...
News Story
10/12/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Long-running industry negotiations over meaningful online privacy rules may be on the verge of collapse. After months of occasionally constructive discussions to define what it should mean when consumers flip on a "do not track" switch in Web browsers, advertising lobbyists threw the talks into disarray last week by advancing an...